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National Public Safety Interoperability Channels

Refer to USDHS National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) for detailed information.

Many state governments publish communications interoperability plans on their web sites. See the links at the bottom of this page.

Some states and local areas have their own interoperability or mutual aid channels or trunked system talkgroups which are used instead of, or in addition to, the channels listed below. Some trunked systems may have talkgroups permanently or temporarily patched to one or more of the channels listed below.

State and regional frequencies are usually found on the Common/Shared or Statewide drop-down list on the main RadioReference Database page for each state, or on county database pages.

A D suffix indicates a repeater output frequency used in simplex mode (for example, LLAW1D is simplex on the output frequency of LLAW1).

The NIFOG recommends PL 156.7 on most interoperability channels. Scanner users may want to program the frequencies with no tone and the mode set to receive both analog and digital transmissions to reduce the possibility of missing communications.

VHF Low Band

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
39.46000  45.86000   RM  156.7 PL  LLAW1/1D LLAW 1 - Law Enforcement  FM  Interop 
39.48000  45.88000   RM  156.7 PL  LFIRE2/2D LFIRE 2 - Fire  FM  Interop 
45.86000  39.46000   RM  156.7 PL  LLAW3/3D LLAW 3 - Law Enforcement  FM  Interop 
45.88000  39.48000   RM  156.7 PL  LFIRE4/4D LFIRE 4 - Fire  FM  Interop 


VHF High Band

  • End user radios should transmit PL 136.5 and receive PL 156.7 on repeater channels VTAC33 - VTAC38. Repeaters should transmit PL 156.7 and receive PL 136.5.
  • VTAC17 and VTAC17D are VHF marine band channels and their use is limited to certain counties in inland VHF Public Coast Station Areas (VPCSA) 10 through 42. The NIFOG contains a list of counties where operation is allowed.
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
155.75250      BM  156.7 PL  VCALL10 VCALL10 - Calling  FMN  Interop 
151.13750  159.47250   RM  156.7 PL  VTAC11/36 VTAC11/36 - Tactical/Repeater  FMN  Interop 
154.45250  158.73750   RM  156.7 PL  VTAC12/37 VTAC12/37 - Tactical/Repeater  FMN  Interop 
158.73750  159.47250   RM  156.7 PL  VTAC13/38 VTAC13/38 - Tactical/Repeater  FMN  Interop 
159.47250  151.13750   RM  156.7 PL  VTAC14/33 VTAC14/33 - Tactical/Repeater  FMN  Interop 
161.85000  157.25000   RM  156.7 PL  VTAC17/17D VTAC17 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
159.47250  158.73750   RM  156.7 PL  VTAC35/35D VTAC35 - Tactical/Repeater  FMN  Interop 
158.73750  154.45250   RM  156.7 PL  VTAC34/34D VTAC34 - Tacitcal/Repeater  FMN  Interop 
Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
154.28000  BM    VFIRE21 VFIRE21 - Fire  FMN  Interop 
154.26500  BM    VFIRE22 VFIRE22 - Fire  FMN  Interop 
154.29500  BM    VFIRE23 VFIRE23 - Fire  FMN  Interop 
154.27250  BM    VFIRE24 VFIRE24 - Fire  FMN  Interop 
154.28750  BM    VFIRE25 VFIRE25 - Fire  FMN  Interop 
154.30250  BM    VFIRE26 VFIRE26 - Fire  FMN  Interop 
155.34000  BM    VMED28 VMED28 - EMS  FMN  Interop 
155.34750  BM    VMED29 VMED29 - EMS  FMN  Interop 
155.47500  BM    VLAW31 VLAW31 - Law Enforcement  FMN  Interop 
155.48250  BM    VLAW32 VLAW32 - Law Enforcement  FMN  Interop 
155.16000  BM  127.3 PL  VSAR16 VSAR16 - Search/Rescue  FMN  Interop 


UHF

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
453.21250  458.21250   RM  156.7 PL  UCALL40/40D UCALL40 - Calling  FMN  Interop 
453.46250  458.46250   RM  156.7 PL  UTAC41/41D UTAC41 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
453.71250  458.71250   RM  156.7 PL  UTAC42/42D UTAC42 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
453.86250  458.86250   RM  156.7 PL  UTAC43/43D UTAC43 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 


700 MHz

  • All radios should transmit and receive NAC $293. Analog operation is not permitted.
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
769.24375  799.24375   RM  293 NAC  7CALL50/50D 7CALL50 - Primary Calling  P25  Interop 
769.14375  799.14375   RM  293 NAC  7TAC51/51D 7TAC51 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
769.64375  799.64375   RM  293 NAC  7TAC52/52D 7TAC52 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
770.14375  800.14375   RM  293 NAC  7TAC53/53D 7TAC53 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
770.64375  800.64375   RM  293 NAC  7TAC54/54D 7TAC54 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
769.74375  799.74375   RM  293 NAC  7TAC55/55D 7TAC55 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
770.24375  800.24375   RM  293 NAC  7TAC56/56D 7TAC56 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
770.99375  800.99375   RM  293 NAC  7GTAC57/57D 7GTAC57 - Other Public Service  P25  Interop 
770.89375  800.89375   RM  293 NAC  7MOB59/59D 7MOB59 - Mobile Repeater  P25  Interop 
770.39375  800.39375   RM  293 NAC  7LAW61/61D 7LAW61 - Law Enforcement  P25  Interop 
770.49375  800.49375   RM  293 NAC  7LAW62/62D 7LAW62 - Law Enforcement  P25  Interop 
769.89375  799.89375   RM  293 NAC  7FIRE63/63D 7FIRE63 - Fire  P25  Interop 
769.99375  799.99375   RM  293 NAC  7FIRE64/64D 7FIRE64 - Fire  P25  Interop 
769.39375  799.39375   RM  293 NAC  7MED65/65D 7MED65 - EMS  P25  Interop 
769.49375  799.49375   RM  293 NAC  7MED66/66D 7MED66 - EMS  P25  Interop 
770.74375  800.74375   RM  293 NAC  7DATA69/69D 7DATA69 - Mobile Data  P25  Interop 
773.25625  803.25625   RM  293 NAC  7CALL70/70D 7CALL70 - Secondary Calling  P25  Interop 
773.10625  803.10625   RM  293 NAC  7TAC71/71D 7TAC71 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
773.60625  803.60625   RM  293 NAC  7TAC72/72D 7TAC72 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
774.10625  804.10625   RM  293 NAC  7TAC73/73D 7TAC73 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
774.60625  804.60625   RM  293 NAC  7TAC74/74D 7TAC74 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
773.75625  803.75625   RM  293 NAC  7TAC75/75D 7TAC75 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
774.25625  804.25625   RM  293 NAC  7TAC76/76D 7TAC76 - General Public Safety  P25  Interop 
774.85625  804.85625   RM  293 NAC  7GTAC77/77D 7GTAC77 - Other Public Service  P25  Interop 
774.50625  804.50625   RM  293 NAC  7MOB79/79D 7MOB79 - Mobile Repeater  P25  Interop 
774.00625  804.00625   RM  293 NAC  7LAW81/81D 7LAW81 - Law Enforcement  P25  Interop 
774.35625  804.35625   RM  293 NAC  7LAW82/82D 7LAW82 - Law Enforcement  P25  Interop 
773.50625  803.50625   RM  293 NAC  7FIRE83/83D 7FIRE83 - Fire  P25  Interop 
773.85625  803.85625   RM  293 NAC  7FIRE84/84D 7FIRE84 - Fire  P25  Interop 
773.00625  803.00625   RM  293 NAC  7MED86/86D 7MED86 - EMS  P25  Interop 
773.35625  803.35625   RM  293 NAC  7MED87/87D 7MED87 - EMS  P25  Interop 
774.75625  804.75625   RM  293 NAC  7DATA89/89D 7DATA89 - Mobile Data  P25  Interop 


800 MHz

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
851.01250  806.01250   RM  156.7 PL  8CALL90 8CALL90 - Calling  FMN  Interop 
851.51250  806.51250   RM  156.7 PL  8TAC91 8TAC91 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
852.01250  807.01250   RM  156.7 PL  8TAC92 8TAC92 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
852.51250  807.51250   RM  156.7 PL  8TAC93 8TAC93 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
853.01250  808.01250   RM  156.7 PL  8TAC94 8TAC94 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 


Pre-rebanding and Mexican border area
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
866.01250  821.01250   RM  156.7 PL  ICALL/ICALLD ICALL - Calling  FMN  Interop 
866.51250  821.51250   RM  156.7 PL  ITAC1/ITAC1D ITAC1 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
867.01250  822.01250   RM  156.7 PL  ITAC2/ITAC2D ITAC2 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
867.51250  822.51250   RM  156.7 PL  ITAC3/ITAC3D ITAC3 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
868.01250  823.01250   RM  156.7 PL  ITAC4/ITAC4D ITAC4 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 


NTIA Federal/Non-Federal Interoperability Channels

VHF Law Enforcement

  • In analog mode all radios should transmit PL 167.9 and receive carrier squelch (CSQ or no tone) unless PL decode is necessary due to interference.
  • In APCO P25 dgital mode all radios should transmit and receive NAC $68F.
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
167.08750  162.08750   RM  167.9 PL  LE-A/LE-1 Calling  FMN  Interop 
167.25000  162.26250   RM  68F NAC  LE-2/LE-6 Tactical 2/6  P25  Interop 
167.75000  162.83750   RM  68F NAC  LE-3/LE-7 Tactical 3/7  P25  Interop 
168.11250  163.28750   RM  68F NAC  LE-4/LE-8 Tactical 4/8  P25  Interop 
168.46250  163.42500   RM  68F NAC  LE-5/LE-9 Tactical 5/9  P25  Interop 


VHF Incident Response

  • All radios should transmit PL 167.9 and receive carrier squelch (CSQ or no tone) unless PL decode is necessary due to interference.
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
170.01250  165.25000   RM  167.9 PL  IR-1/IR-6 Incident Command  FMN  Interop 
170.41250  165.96250   RM  167.9 PL  IR-2/IR-7 Medical Evacuation Control  FMN  Interop 
170.68750  166.57500   RM  167.9 PL  IR-3/IR-8 Logistics Control  FMN  Interop 
173.03750  167.32500   RM  167.9 PL  IR-4/IR-9 Interagency Convoy  FMN  Interop 
169.53750  164.71250   RM  167.9 PL  NC-1/IR-5 Incident Calling  FMN  Interop 


UHF Law Enforcement

  • In analog mode all radios should transmit PL 167.9 and receive carrier squelch (CSQ or no tone) unless PL decode is necessary due to interference.
  • In APCO P25 dgital mode all radios should transmit and receive NAC $68F.
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
409.98750  418.98750   RM  167.9 PL  LE-10/LE-16 LE10/LE16 - Tactical  FMN  Interop 
410.18750  419.18750   RM  68F NAC  LE-11/LE-17 LE11/LE17 - Tactical  P25  Interop 
410.61250  419.61250   RM  68F NAC  LE-12/LE-18 LE12/LR18 - Tactical  P25  Interop 
414.06250      BM  68F NAC  LE-13 LE13 - Tactical  P25  Interop 
414.31250      BM  68F NAC  LE-14 LE14 - Tactical  P25  Interop 
414.33750      BM  68F NAC  LE-15 LE15 - Tactical 15  P25  Interop 
414.03750      BM  167.9 PL  LE B LE B - Calling  FMN  Interop 


UHF Incident Response

  • All radios should transmit PL 167.9 and receive carrier squelch (CSQ or no tone) unless PL decode is necessary due to interference.
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
410.23750  419.23750   RM  167.9 PL  NC-2/IR-15 NC2/IR15 - Calling  FMN  Interop 
410.43750  419.43750   RM  167.9 PL  IR-10/IR-16 IR10/IR16 - Ad hoc assignment  FMN  Interop 
410.63750  419.63750   RM  167.9 PL  IR-11/IR-17 IR11/IR17 - Ad hoc assignment  FMN  Interop 
410.83750  419.83750   RM  167.9 PL  IR-12/IR-18 IR12/IR18 - SAR Incident Command  FMN  Interop 
413.18750      BM  167.9 PL  IR13 IR13 - Ad hoc assignment  FMN  Interop 
413.21250      BM  167.9 PL  IR14 IR14 - Interagency Convoy  FMN  Interop 


700 MHz Air-to-Ground

The following channels are reserved for air-ground communications to be used by low-altitude aircraft and ground based stations. See FCC-14-172A1.pdf.

  • Airborne use of these channels is limited to aircraft flying at or below 457 meters (1500 feet) above ground level.
  • Aircraft are limited to 2 watts effective radiated power (ERP) when transmitting while airborne on these channels.
  • Aircraft may transmit on either the mobile or base transmit side of the channel pair.
  • States are responsible for the administration of these channels.
FrequencyInputTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionMode
769.13125799.13125RM293 NAC7AG58/58DAir-to-GroundP25
769.63125799.63125RM293 NAC7AG60/60DAir-to-GroundP25
770.13125800.13125RM293 NAC7AG67/67DAir-to-GroundP25
770.63125800.63125RM293 NAC7AG68/68DAir-to-GroundP25
773.11875803.11875RM293 NAC7AG78/78DAir-to-GroundP25
773.61875803.61875RM293 NAC7AG80/80DAir-to-GroundP25
774.11875804.11875RM293 NAC7AG85/85DAir-to-GroundP25
774.61875804.61875RM293 NAC7AG88/88DAir-to-Ground (LZ)P25

700 MHz Deployable Trunked Systems

The following channels are available nationwide (except areas with licensees relocated from T-Band) for temporary deployable trunked systems.

FrequencyInputTypeDescription
769.23125799.23125RMA
769.38125799.38125RMB
769.73125799.73125RMC
769.88125799.88125RMD
774.51875804.51875RME (Recommended primary CC)
774.86875804.86875RMF (Recommended alternate CC)

700 MHz Low Power/Itinerant

The following narrowband channels are designated for low power use for on-scene incident response purposes using mobiles and portables.

  • Transmitter power must not exceed 2 watts (ERP). Bandwidth is 12.5 kHz.
  • Three of the pairs can be licensed for nationwide itinerant use, the rest are subject to regional planning.
  • Narrowband (12.5 kHz bandwidth) FM or digital operation is allowed.
Frequency  Input   
Type  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
769.00625  799.00625   RM  769.00625 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
769.01875  799.01875   RM  769.01875 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
769.03125  799.03125   RM  769.03125 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
769.04375  799.04375   RM  769.04375 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
769.05625  799.05625   RM  769.05625 Itinerant/National  P25  Multi-Tac 
769.06875  799.06875   RM  769.06875 Itinerant/National  P25  Multi-Tac 
774.93125  804.93125   RM  774.93125 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
774.94375  804.94375   RM  774.94375 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
774.95625  804.95625   RM  774.95625 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
774.96875  804.96875   RM  774.96875 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
774.98125  804.98125   RM  774.98125 Itinerant/Regional  P25  Multi-Tac 
774.99375  804.99375   RM  774.99375 Itinerant/National  P25  Multi-Tac 


Disaster Relief

American Red Cross

Frequency  License  Type  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
47.42000  KGB223   BM  REDCROSS 1 Primary (Nationwide)  FM  Emergency Ops 
47.50000  KGB223   BM  REDCROSS 2 Secondary (Nationwide)  FM  Emergency Ops 


Emergency Medical Services Radio


Law Enforcement

  • 155.370 was formerly desingated by the FCC to be used exclusively as a law enforcement intersystem frequency. It is used for this purpose in many states and is often called "Point-to-Point".
  • 155.475 and 155.4825 are available nationwide for use in police emergency communications networks operated under statewide law enforcement emergency communications plans. 155.475 is often called "National Law Enforcement Mutual Aid"


National Incident Radio Support Cache


Search and Rescue

Frequency  Type  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
406.02500  C-S Beacon B Cospas-Sarsat Rescue Beacons Ch. B  Telm  Data 
406.02800  C-S Beacon C Cospas-Sarsat Rescue Beacons Ch. C  Telm  Data 
406.03700  C-S Beacon F Cospas-Sarsat Rescue Beacons Ch. F  Telm  Data 
406.04000  C-S Beacon G Cospas-Sarsat Rescue Beacons Ch. G  Telm  Data 
406.05000  C-S Beacon A Cospas-Sarsat Rescue Beacons A  Telm  Data 


State Government Interoperability Web Sites

Links verified 03/26/16

Many state governments publish communications interoperability plans on their web sites. Some states also have documents at ICTAP Public Safety Library. They may or may not be more current than documents on the state web sites listed below.

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